I wonder what you look like
No pretenses
No shame
No mask
I wonder if you think I can take it
The real one
Not the public persona
Or the creature you’ve concocted in your private dream world
Not the smilin’ Sam
Not Johnny the jokester
Not Freddy the fake
Just you
All the flaws
The failures
Your hurts, heartaches, and heroic tales of triumph
Obstacles you’ve overcome
The strengths
The silent screams
The sagacity you’ve gained over the years
The badge of brotherhood you’ve obtained
All of you
Totally naked and not ashamed

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